April 28, 2013

Al Glickman, beloved donor, father, friend, dies at age 79

After making a fortune in real estate, Glickman moved back to Maine and funded many causes here.

By Beth Quimby bquimby@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Al Glickman

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Al and Judith Glickman at their wedding.

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He was a longtime Republican supporter, and friendly with some of Maine's most influential leaders.

"Al Glickman was a dear and cherished friend, and a true titan of philanthropy," former Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and her husband, former Gov. John R. McKernan, said in a prepared statement Sunday. "His generosity of spirit has reverberated throughout Maine and the nation, touching countless lives and enriching innumerable communities. Al measured success in terms of the opportunities he could secure for others, especially in the fields of education, art and civic contributions. Maine has lost a great figure, and during this most difficult of times, our hearts go out to Judy and Al's entire family."

"Al loved Maine and left a wonderful legacy," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement released by her office. "He was so generous to so many causes, especially the University of Southern Maine, where the library's name reflects the generosity of the Glickman family."

Collins said her mother, Pat Collins, served with Glickman on the University of Maine System board of trustees. Collins said that is how she met Glickman, who became a "good friend and valued adviser" over the years.

"Most recently, Al's son and grandson visited with me in Washington to discuss the U.S.-Israeli relationship," Collins said. "I know how proud Al was of his entire family and of his loving wife. My prayers and thoughts are with his entire family during this difficult time."

Glickman also served on the Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.

When Glickman received the Spurwink Institute's Humanitarian of the Year award in 1998, hundreds gathered to fete the philanthropist, including then-U.S. Rep. John Baldacci and then-Gov. Angus King, who joked how Glickman was a mentor to outspoken Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, a former professional wrestler.

Tributes from senators, congressmen, a former secretary of defense and even former President George H.W. Bush were read by friends before a crowd of more than 500 at the charitable event, which raised $650,000.

"I knew him well and I loved the guy," King, now a U.S. senator, said Sunday evening in a telephone interview. "He always wanted to do the right thing."

King said Glickman was one of the first people to contact him to encourage him to run for the Senate after Snowe said she would not run for re-election.

King said Glickman took a "vital interest" in government, and accompanied him on a trade mission in the mid-1990s to Great Britain.

"He was just interested in seeing Maine thrive," King recalled. "He was a terrific guy."

"The reason I felt so connected to Al was he just had a huge heart," said Joe Wishcamper of Freeport, a longtime friend and fellow University of Maine System trustee.

Glickman's donations have for decades supported artistic, civic and educational groups across the country and in Maine. He was a contributing founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He was a trustee at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Nelson, the philanthropist's close friend, said Glickman spoke with Fox last Monday by phone.

In Maine, Glickman's contributions were frequent and are ongoing. The Albert B. Glickman Family Foundation continues to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to scores of local causes and organizations.

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